Although Canberra shiraz might not have completely won the hearts of Australian drinkers just yet, the mere presence of a certain shiraz viognier means anyone would be a fool to ever write it off.
Fragrantly spicy, Shaw Vineyard's 2008 opens to heady notes of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg overlying slightly baked aromas of dark plum with sweet vanilla oak and a touch of fennel. Medium or even light-medium bodied, its baked dark cherry and sour plum flavours are bound by a brittle, grippy, acidic structure, with hints of savoury spice and an apparent warming aspect closing out its rather raw finish, which altogether lacks true length of fruit sweetness.
X Shaw Vineyard's 2008 Premium Shiraz drinks more like a pleasing little quaffer, but it's certainly a bit dear to be tagged in that category. Drink to 2012.